Greetings from Aland, Finland

by Renae

Greetings from Aland, Finland, originally uploaded by CarolinaRen.

This card is nothing special at first glance. But what my penpal Aila shared makes it extraordinary! She says that Aland, a group of isles between Sweden and Finland, is part of the Finnish state but still has some of its own rules and laws. People in Aland, though, speak Swedish only–and most folks there want Aland to be part of Sweden. She further explains that a person in Aland who speaks Finnish can’t find work, except for maybe in agriculture. Now this is what penpals and postcards is all about! I would have never enjoyed this postcard as much without the commentary! Thanks Aila 🙂

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